How to get a perfect post-pregnancy tummy.
As requested here are a few practical tips on how to get your pre-pregnancy belly back…
1. Time. Please, please give yourself time and remember that you have the best gift in life that is worth all the rolls and extra pounds. Allow yourself as many months as you need to rest, recover and bond with your baby, you´ll never get this moment back and your body will do its own weight shedding and lots of in the first few weeks. The more you rest, the more you breastfeed the more weight you will loose; this is a very simple truth that all new-mothers can rest assured upon.
2. Burn fat and tone. So, you´ve healed, you´ve rested and now you wanna get back into your bikini and of course there will be excess skin, fat, sweat, tears and frustration but with work and dedication you can totally get back to pre-pregnancy shape.
Break your exercise regime down into two parts. Firstly, fat burning and for this I can not recommend running enough. In my opinion it works your core more than any other cardio exercise and you will see instant results. Build up slowly to running 5-7k three times a week, around 45 minutes of running at a good pace will burn fat fast.
And when do you find the time to do this I hear you ask, well, talk to your partner and tell him your desire to return to your pre-pregnancy shape and how grateful you would be if you could take a few hours a week to go running around the park which will also help to clear your mind and boost your mood. Don´t have a partner? Talk to your friends, good friends will be dying to support you in every way - don´t be afraid to ask for help, you are doing the hardest and most amazing job in the world and you deserve to be happy.
Secondly, toning. I can´t recommend yoga enough for toning your core, the solar plexus is your centre of strength and all the postures start and end with the core. Every single posture will work your abs on every level whilst also toning your arms, legs and glutes. I know it´s hard to find time to do yoga when you have a baby but it´s not impossible. I use to do my yoga whilst my baby had her siesta every lunchtime, of course I couldn´t get out to a yoga studio but there are so many great online yoga videos to choose from, try www.yogaglow.com for an endless and fabulous array of classes to suit all your needs.
3. Food. You could run and practice yoga everyday but if you´re still putting junk into your body then you might as well not bother. Have a big breakfast of porridge, fruits, yoghurt, honey or eggs (or all!!) for lunch try sticking to yummy large-helpings of healthy salads and for dinner grill some fish/chicken/salmon/tofu and eat with seasonal veg. Try not to drink alcohol more than twice a week and drink lots of water and herbal tea. For snacks eat big juicy apples and bananas and set a good example early on as it won´t be long before you can enjoy eating these fruits with your baby.
4. Abdominal exercises. If you didn’t need to work specifically on toning your abs before the baby, now you will. Before I had my daughter I don´t think I ever did specific core workouts, in-fact I hated them but after
you´ve had a big round babber in there everything changes. Crunches, planks, air bikes, alternate heel touches - they all work and again if you can´t get out to a gym look online for tutorials, just ten minutes every other day will make a world of difference.
Don´t sit inside all day no matter how tired you and the baby are. Try and go for a walk everyday as you and your baby need at least 20 minutes of fresh air everyday to receive and absorb keys nutrients for growth and happiness. Be joyful, dance around the house and sing to your baby. Take your baby on new adventures to the zoo, to the park, to the swimming pool. All of these efforts will work towards keeping you in perfect post-pregnancy shape.